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AI could help spread misinformation during 2024 election

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Monday, February 12, 2024   

The rise of artificial intelligence is raising alarm bells for election officials in Washington state and across the country.

Before the New Hampshire primary in January, a robocall imitating President Joe Biden called voters and told them not to vote. It is seen as a potential preview of what voters could be in for as the 2024 general election approaches.

Kim Wyman, former Washington Secretary of State from 2013 to 2021, said explained the growing concerns.

"The potential for AI to really spread information quickly and really confuse voters or maybe try to get them to not participate is what I think most election officials are trying to combat," Wyman explained.

Washington state's presidential primaries take place on March 12.

Wyman pointed out election officials are risk managers and so they're looking to get ahead of any confusion AI might cause. She advised people who have questions about voting to call their local election officials.

"It's really trying to get that messaging out now before we get into the thick of an election," Wyman emphasized. "When some robocall goes out or when something is posted on social media that's really a deepfake video, people know who they can call to get the correct information."

Rachel Orey, senior associate director of the elections project for the Bipartisan Policy Center, said AI could supercharge the misinformation campaigns that have existed for years. However, Orey noted, election officials have a leg up going into the 2024 vote.

"Election officials and voting advocates around the country are sort of well-prepared to mitigate and respond to increases in misinformation," Orey contended. "Because they spent the last couple of years flexing that muscle and learning how to respond to misinformation and election denial campaigns."

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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